SYKES Reviews

Updated 18 August 2014
Updated 18 August 2014
333 Reviews

2.2
333 Reviews
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SYKES President, CEO, and Director Chuck Sykes
Chuck Sykes
176 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work from home opportunity that allows some flexibility (in 19 reviews)

  • great benefits, gives consideration to undergraduates,good BPO company for starters, good working environment (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • It's a fairly typical call center: a lot of people have bad attitudes and the supervisors are masochistic (in 11 reviews)

  • Team managers are selected due to their stats, very poor management (in 8 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    No Future without Change

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Edinburgh, Scotland
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland

    I worked at SYKES full-time

    Pros

    The People who go above and beyond the call of duty eating into weekends and overtime during the week but who's worth is not recognized.

    Cons

    Management in big offices who do not listen to staff. HR management are not at all employee focused. Site management do not care about client's needs as long as financials attained.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HQ need to take immediate action to change the management style and culture to ensure retention of quality personnel.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good workplace to spend a few years and then move on with the experience you gain from it.

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    Current Employee - Trainer  in  Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - Trainer in Edinburgh, Scotland

    I have been working at SYKES full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Multicultural environment, opportunity to speak different languages, regular shifts. Career opportunities if you want to progress and good relationship between employees. Good workplace if you do not have many career ambitions and you are happy to have a steady job.

    Cons

    The company does not seem to care enough for the employees, the turnover is high and salaries are one of the lowest compared to competitors. The workload increases exponentially and there is very little praise and reward to the employees for the work done. It is difficult to find help and support when is needed on both personal and professional sides.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of not being available to support the employees when they need solutions or advice, try to listen and remember that you are dealing with human beings and not a source of income for the company. Value your hard working employees rather than focusing on finding way to have them do any responsibility job because "it is a great opportunity for you" but "unfortunately we are unable to pay you extra for it"
    The standards are getting worse, recently very unsuitable candidate were hired or offered a job because there was no other options and money had to come in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Slightly disappointing

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Edinburgh, Scotland

    I have been working at SYKES full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexibility in shifts, opportunities for overtime, Friday donuts, room for employee input sometimes.

    Cons

    Very low pay compared to other companies, vouchers hard to earn for new hires and everybody who values being a team player over obsessing about stats. The other projects seemed to be okay, but the citibank account is horrible to work in. No internet, higher expectations, bigger work load, more restrictions and not a penny extra in return.You would be better off going for the other projects for the same pay. To paint the picture: in this time of unemployment they are unable to find and keep staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There's more to being a good employee than stats, and brown nosing is not in the job description. Value actual hard workers, not the ones making noise about how much they supposedly do. Appreciate your employees, it's not that difficult.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Forget about Sykes. There are plenty of better companies to work for in Budapest.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous  in  Budapest (Hungary)
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Budapest (Hungary)

    I worked at SYKES full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -Regular working schedule on normal hours.

    Cons

    - Very few possibilities to actually do your job in helping the customers due to the very restrictive company policy, which at the same time lacks transparency, leading to employees being able to provide nothing more than lip-service to the clients.
    - Lack of true leadership who dare to defend those workers who are in a vulnerable position, in case of an uneven conflict, harassment or bullying.
    - No chances for advancement.
    - Wages are a laugh in relation to the stress level one has to put up with (two people doing the job of five).
    - No recognition of and use for ones talents, nor any appreciation for the efforts one puts in, unless one belongs to the manager's board's favourites.
    - Favouritism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Built a service structure in which we actually can do our job helping the customers.
    -See the qualities and appreciate the efforts of EVERY employee EQUALLY, and not just of those you "like" for superficial reasons of status, appearance or "sociability".
    -Pay the employees at the lowest stratum of the hierarchy more wage, when they need to do almost double work due to teams being understaffed.
    -Take action when employees get bullied or harrassed by their direct superiors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    If you have no life

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SYKES

    Pros

    The benifits are a great price

    Cons

    They do not ask and do not care about your schedule. Ex. Childcare or continuing your education

    You are only allowed 4 days off every six months and if you want more days it is up to multiple people and if you meet their goals to get days off.

    They want you to provide great customer care, but wheb your issues need resolved they tell you to call a number no one answers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ask people their availability before hiring.

  7.  

    Underpaid for amount of work and training does not prepare for over half live calls

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Agent  in  Lakeland, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Agent in Lakeland, FL (US)

    I worked at SYKES full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Hiring process was long but welcoming pre-employment team is great! Team leads are awesome and very helpful as well.

    Cons

    Training was not satisfactory, spent majority of the time reading articles ver-batim and not enough hands on training, listening to calls and watching use of tools. Not enough pay for the demanding calls and all of the resources necessary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most of the pre-employment and leadership is great! The training however was long yet not helpful at all when applied to live calls. Instead of practicing live calls and using our tools we spent most of our time reading articles. Time would have been better spent listening to live calls and watching pro agents use their tools and resources properly during calls.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Started well, going down hill

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Peterborough, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Peterborough, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at SYKES full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The health Benefits with Blue Cross, most of your co-workers are awesome but thats all that can really be said.

    Cons

    When I started you made more then minimum wage and got raises, now the wages have frozen and your making the minimum which isn't enough to live off. If you can get customers to purchase new services you can get a bonus... but don't expect it to be paid out to you for over 6 months. Good luck getting the extra dollar for your schedule adherence because there will always be something that throws it off.

    Your scheduled hours will fluctuate even if your shift claims to be fixed hours and they are unwilling to work with your needs if you have no vehicle causing some employees to walk home at midnight on an hour + walk no matter if you have health concerns, are male or female (even if pregnant). Do NOT expect to have any help.

    They don't care that it's a non-scent environment, if you are allergic you better be prepared to loose hours that they will not reimburse you for and will count against you and not do anything against those that violate the scent policy even if it forces co-workers to go to the hospital.

    They require you to do over 20 things on one call which most customers have absolutely no interest in allowing you to do and you can be penalized even if you do everything right because the customer didn't like how you did it.

    Endless company jargon with no importance that they require you to spout back t them at every meeting.

    Oh and the blue cross benefits are not helpful in most cases as most places require you to pay for the services first as the health care professionals (glasses, etc) do not take the benefits upfront.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give back the raises, be more flexible with employees schedules and pay more then minimum wage if your going to stress your reps out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    msr

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SYKES

    Pros

    8 wks course so it gives you time to learn the software used and they test once a week to make sure you are learning the material.

    Cons

    The benefits are not as affordable as expected especially when the pay is pretty low already.

  10.  

    At Sykes I was a Customer Care Agent for AT&T

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    Former Employee - Customer Care Representative  in  Eugene, OR (US)
    Former Employee - Customer Care Representative in Eugene, OR (US)

    I worked at SYKES full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I loved assisting the customers and I loved my co-workers

    Cons

    I didn't like it that the customer care agent were trained for 7 weeks, but the corporate store and retail clerks were trained only 2 weeks. 75% of our calls were dealing with how the corporate/stores had messed up customer accounts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train care agents and clerks the same way

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disappointing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Manager  in  Spokane, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Quality Manager in Spokane, WA (US)

    I worked at SYKES full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people I worked with had great dedication to the QA department

    Cons

    No backing from upper management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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